Do Wheels and Rims Affect Resale Value?
The types of wheels and tires a car has will affect the resale value of a car. The condition of the wheels and tires will also be taken into consideration.
Wheels and rims tend to be a touchy subject. You may like a particular set of 3rd-party aftermarket wheels; however, there is a chance potential buyers will not. If you are currently in the market for new wheels, the safest bet is to purchase OEM wheels. Make sure; however, they are from the higher trim levels. Not only will they make your car look newer and add to it's appearance, but they will also add to the car's value. The amount of scratches, dents, and dings on the wheels will also be used to value your vehicle. If your wheels are damaged from curb rash, you should consider getting them reconditioned.
The tire brand won’t matter as much to the average buyer, but the remaining tread life will. The tires do not need to be brand new, but they should have an adequate amount of tread left. If they do not, you should consider buying take-off tires as an investment. Clean and shiny tires look new and add to your vehicles appearances and value. If they are dirty, take the time to clean them. There are great products available in auto stores, big-box stores, and online. Sometimes, a swab of tire shine on the sidewalls is all that's needed to keep them looking brand new.
Please read the General Wheel Cleaning Tips for more information.